“MODERN: [adj.] WESTERN ?”

July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

 How does our youth perceive it?

Modernisation and westernisation-these two terms seem like synonyms to most of us. Being western is being modern or being modern is being western. But wait and think. Do both really mean the same?

Jawaharlal Nehru introduced the concept of modernisation with a different meaning and in the recent years the meaning has completely changed. According to Pt.Nehru modernisation meant adopting the successful methods of foreign countries in terms of technology, administration and to certain terms, even lifestyle. And, I must say we have been very successful when it comes to technology and lifestyle.

With this came an entirely new concept MODERNIZATION being equivalent to WESTERNIZATION.

The above concept has gripped the nation’s most important age group-“youth”. Due to this concept Indian Youth, today is the group which is focused by everyone with the need that they need to be directed towards the right path and awaken from their slumber!!

For today’s youth, modernisation means aping the western culture and, out rightly terming our culture and values as “old fashioned”. This concept definitely helped India in creating an awareness and broad-mindedness towards issues like dowry, biasness against girl child, superstitions etc. Also this has helped us reduce certain taboos in our society like sex education, HIV-AIDS, sexual harassment. Now-a-days, people are becoming comfortable relating to issues of adolescence, transgender etc. People now know how to voice their ideas which they were earlier afraid to do.

But  this concept has also  made us vulgar, outrageous, rude, insensitive and stupid. Young girls now think that wearing short clothes is a sense of being modern. Well, it does show that you are trending with the latest fashion but definitely it is not a sign of modernity! According to youth(well, I am terming it generally. Not everyone is like this, of course!), being modern is how you look from outside not how you are from inside. For example, People wear fashionable clothes but still have this point of view that if a guy and a girl are good friends they are committed!!(This recently happened with a friend of mine).

 If saying the f**k word makes you look cool or smoking, drinking, going to pubs or listening to English music and condemning Indian classical music  or making a girlfriend/boyfriend is “the in-thing and hip” then in my opinion no one could be a bigger fool or naive person than you( I might be exaggerating!).

Adopting fashion or culture from outside is good but along with it why are unable to adopt the other good qualities? Why have we started shunning our own culture?

The western people (at least the authorities) have a sense of self-discipline. They know how important their natural resources are for them. Their administration, law and order, infrastructure, use and application of available resources especially human resource and intelligence are what we should also learn.

Not only the elders but the young generation alike are also aware in the western countries. Most of the youngsters there become independent as soon as they enter their teenage. They earn their own money at a young age. They decide and start working on their goals and aspirations from that time (At least 50% of them must be doing so). They also become successful in their endeavours however small their ideas are. In our country, our parents take care of us till the time we start earning or maybe even after that if we are unable to earn. In western countries the children become successful in whatever they do without their parents support. Then, in our country we should be even more successful as our parents will support us [Only if you are successful in convincing them to do so!;)]. Going to a mall and spending excessively on clothes and accessories is good but saving some money and donating it to a charity won’t do you any harm!

What I am trying to say is that, if we can adopt extravagant things, then we must learn the good things too. Every culture has some pros and cons. We must learn to strike a balance between both. Modernity must be reflected in our thoughts.

Fortunately some people have started realizing the fact

Chhapo magar dimaag lagakar i.e., high living and high thinking

I know that not all of you must be agreeing with my thoughts. I am happy if you are actually not the way how it’s mentioned here. If you are striking a balance between both cultures then OUR COUNTRY NEEDS MODERN PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

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